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amethystrse amethystrse
East Meadow NY
Fri, Apr 16, 2010 15:04
Excess skin
Hi everyone. I have about 43 lbs or more to go (lost 37) and I'm a bit concerned about excess skin.

Before I started eating healthier I weighed about 220 lbs. I'm guessing I was a size 18 (kept squeezing into my size 16s...refused to buy bigger pants).

I lost 40 lbs in a year just eating healthy. And I gained back 10 lbs when I stopped working out and watching what I eat. I bounced around between 180 and 190. This past week I've lost 4 lbs, bringing me to 183 lbs and a size 14. I'm now on a much healthier diet and exercising regularly.

I have a little bit of excess skin on my belly and I'm wondering how worse it's going to get. I keep on meaning to put vitamin e oil on my body after I shower. I heard that is really good for skin's elasticity.

Any advice or guesstimate as to how much belly I'll have hanging around?

velogurrrl velogurrrl
Mon, Aug 23, 2010 23:08
excess skin
Hey there, there is a "body brushing" method that I heard of not too long ago, try googling for it.

chubbybunnies chubbybunnies
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 09:04
i don't have a suggestion for you- sorry! i'm concerned about the same thing too but I am inspired by your weight loss. i'm brand new to this site and have 50 lbs to lose. looking for a buddy. what d'ya say?:)

PaulaGibson PaulaGibson
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 13:04
Catch 22
I'm not sure how old you are, if your young maybe the elaticity..spell that wil spring back the way it is supposed to. I am 44 and my situation was alot like yours. I got up to 240 then I lost almost 100 lbs down to 146. I had so much excess skin and stretchmarks that it really bothered me and there was nothing I could do besides surgery. I had a tummy tuck and couldnt be happier with it. I know its expensive but when you work that hard to get in shape its the icing on the cake. It cut off all the skin and stretchmarks. I now love my belly which is something I never thought I'd say.
By the way I have gained 29 lbs back in the last 6 months and I'm extremely mad at myself. So far my skin hastn stretched back out but Im freaking out, so that is why I'm working hard to lose weight again.

LotsaLbs2Lose LotsaLbs2Lose
Sun, May 19, 2013 21:05
same issue...
I know what you mean. It is hard, to stay the course when things like excess skin are on the forefront. I have been grappling with whether or not I should continue to lose, b/c my skin is not bouncing back. I realized that skin is just one aspect, and that being thin can mean being healthier, so the health out weighs (literally) the loose skin issue. Good luck. Also, I am trying to build muscle so the skin will not appear so weak. That is one thing that may help.

LotsaLbs2Lose LotsaLbs2Lose
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 12:07
Still trying to lose...
Some say that the excess skin will eventually improve, but getting surgery and then gaining it back is just silly. It is better to live with it. IMO.

LotsaLbs2Lose LotsaLbs2Lose
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 06:10
kmtbeaulieu kmtbeaulieu
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 13:12
I lost 20 lbs at the start of 2014 with just changing my diet, I didn't really realize until I saw some loose skin on my stomach. I'm down another 10 lbs and my stomach and skin appearance has gotten a little better than before through light strength training(push ups, squats, situps). If at the end of your journey you find that the skin didn't reduce or bounce back you should treat yourself to the tummy tuck if you're still concerned about it at that point

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